STA, 29 September 2020 - A Slovenian-Chinese business council was set up at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Gospodarska zbornica Slovenije – GZS) on Monday to strengthen cooperation and business relations between the two countries, the GZS said in a press release on Tuesday.
More than 30 founding members decided for the move to create better conditions for strengthening the ties and friendship between Slovenia and China, and help companies access the Chinese market.
"It is essential for Slovenian companies to cooperate with the world; being involved in international business operations is key for creating added value," said GZS director general Sonja Šmuc.
Economy Ministry State Secretary Ajda Cuderman stressed that the government supported businesses wanting to cooperate with China. According to her, new market niches need to be found to increase Slovenia's exports to China and Slovenia's achievements in high-tech, biotechnology, automotive industry, new materials and alternative sources of energy need to be highlighted.
Chinese Ambassador Wang Shunqing said the Slovenian-Chinese projects were doing well at the moment, growing, and stressed that the new section at the GZS must serve as a platform for economic exchange and cooperation in other areas relevant for business as well.
China would like to cooperate with Slovenia and hopes Chinese companies will get a fair opportunity for taking part in various projects in Slovenia, he said.
The new council elected Žiga Vavpotič from the companies Outfit7 and Globaldreamvision its chair. He expressed hope the new GZS section would be able to "build a bridge between east and west, economy and politics, and expectations and opportunities".
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